50 Extraordinary years

Lord Fairhaven at a presentation

Join us on Saturday 20 August as we celebrate one man's vision and fifty years of the National Trust's ownership of Anglesey Abbey.

" I particularly enjoin the National Trust to keep the Abbey, inside and out, and the gardens, arranged as they are at the date of my death. My thought and hope is that in a changing world the house, its furniture and the gardens and their lay-out should be preserved and kept representative of an age and way of life that is quickly passing."
- 1st Lord Fairhaven

During his lifetime Lord Fairhaven rennovated Anglesey Abbey and then set about designing the gardens, which are widely regarded as one of the great garden designs of the 20th Century. Upon his death on 20 August 1966 he bequeathed the Anglesey Abbey estate to the care of the National Trust.

In the last 50 years, Anglesey Abbey has grown into one of the leading visitor attractions in East of England, each year welcoming over 300,000 visitors to the historic house, gardens and Lode Mill. 

During this time we've carried out major conservation projects to restore the Newmarket Corridor of the House, and re-opened the Domestic Wing, to show our visitors what life was like 'below stairs' in Lord Fairhaven's household.

We know that he was planning further changes to the gardens at the time of his death. In the spirit of this we opened the Winter Garden in 1998, and more recently the Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery Area, and the new Skylight Garden which opended this year.

Join us on Saturday 20 August, as we celebrate the last 50 years. As you wander the gardens you will find historic photographs showing how the gardens have developed. Explore the House and Gardens on our Family Treasure Trail, and there;s plenty of craft activities for children in the Pinetum.

We would also love to hear you views on how Anglesey Abbey should develop as look forward to the next 50 years.